Cav named as Sports Personality

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CYCLIST Mark Cavendish was named as the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year for 2011 last night in Media City, Salford.

The Isle of Man sprint ace achieved the two goals he set for himself in 2011, becoming the first Briton to win the green jersey in the Tour de France and then clinching gold in the road race at the World Championships.

A tearful Cavendish, who joins Tommy Simpson and Sir Chris Hoy as cycling’s winners of the award, said: “I’m absolutely speechless. A few of my teammates here will say that’s a rare thing. Without those guys this wouldn’t even be close to possible.”

Golfer Darren Clarke and athlete Mo Farah made up the top three. England cricket team won Team of the Year.